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2020 Organization Report: Philadelphia Phillies

by Brent Hershey

Organization Grades

Hitting: C ... Pitching: C- ... Top-end Talent: C+ ... Depth: C ... Overall: C



Minor League Affiliates

Triple-A: Lehigh Valley (International League)
Double-A: Reading (Eastern League)
High-A: Clearwater (Florida State League)
Low-A: Lakewood (South Atlantic League)
Short-season: Williamsport (New York Penn League)
Rookie: GCL Phillies (Gulf Coast League)



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1. Spencer Howard (RHP) ... 6-3, 185 ... 23 ... 2017 (2) Cal Poly
YearTeam (LG)IPERAWHIPCtlDomCmdOppBA
2018Lakewood (SAL)112.03.781.2603.211.83.7.231
2019GCL Phillies West (GCL)3.00.000.6703.015.05.0.100
2019GCL Phillies (GCL)2.111.571.7103.911.63.0.300
2019Clearwater (FSL)35.01.290.6901.312.39.5.153
2019Reading (East)30.22.350.9502.611.24.3.179
Comments: Took a step forward despite missing 2 months from minor shoulder strain. Advanced four-pitch mix anchored by swing-and-miss FB that sits mid-90s; touches 99. Secondaries have each flashed plus; diving CU most effective in 2019; deep two-plane SL is a fantastic breaker. Could tighten command but nearly ready.

Development Path: Lightly used in college, has fewer miles on his arm than others. Finished out 2020 with splendid AFL season; all four pitches were working and velocity was holding late in games. Will arrive in 2020.

Fantasy Impact: In 2019 walk rate improved, high strikeouts continued; oppBA below Mendoza line. Some past injury history, but pure starter's build and deep arsenal. Real-world #2/#3 in the making; with K, ERA, WHIP upside.

Upside Grade: 9C


2. Alec Bohm (1B,3B) ... 6-5, 240 ... R/R ... 23 ... 2018 (1) Wichita State University
YearTeam (LG)ABBA/OBP/Slgbb%ct% EyeHR/SB
2018Wichita State (AAC)224.339/.436/.62515881.3916/9
2018GCL Phillies West (GCL)32.344/.405/.4386880.500/2
2019Lakewood (SAL)79.367/.441/.59513820.863/3
2019Clearwater (FSL)158.329/.395/.50610870.814/1
2019Reading (East)238.269/.344/.50011840.7414/2
Comments: Sped through three levels in first full season with outstanding hit/power tool combination. Tall, lanky, and powerful, showed impressive ability to use the opposite field when pitched away, and exhibited excellent strike-zone judgement. Fringy range and footwork, odd throwing motion will likely eventually push him to 1B; bat will still carry him.

Development Path: He'll start at Triple-A and is likely to debut in 2020. Future position is TBD: played both IF corners already, and though LF has been mentioned, slow foot speed would likely be a deterrent. Defense has improved, though, and he is a hard worker. No questions on the bat, though.

Fantasy Impact: Could end up as a valuable piece: the rare COR IF slugger with enough hitting acumen to take walks, foil infield shifts and produce decent BAs. He'll have some 30+ HR seasons to come.

Upside Grade: 9C


3. Bryson Stott (SS) ... 6-3, 195 ... L/R ... 22 ... 2019 (1) UNLV
YearTeam (LG)ABBA/OBP/Slgbb%ct% EyeHR/SB
2019GCL Phillies (GCL)9.667/.727/1.3331810001/0
2019Williamsport (NYP)157.274/.370/.44612750.565/5
Comments: Physically developed collegian with a strong core and moderate hit/power ability. Gritty type who plays game aggressively with corresponding positives/negatives. Overswings at times, but has good pitch recognition and plate coverage, and willing to use the whole field. Only an average runner, his body type points more towards a future at 2B/3B.

Development Path: He'll head to full-season for sure, and likely is advanced enough for High-A Clearwater. Slowing the game down a bit, and further working to determine his future defensive home will be on the docket. He's not far away, however.

Fantasy Impact: Could be a "tweener" infield skill set: not quite enough twitch to stay at SS, and currently a lack of a standout tool, though does many things well. Bat does have solid foundation for either plus hit or plus pop with more reps, but could also end up as multi-position semi-starter.

Upside Grade: 8C



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4. Francisco Morales (RHP) ... 6-4, 185 ... 20 ... 2017 FA (VZ)
YearTeam (LG)IPERAWHIPCtlDomCmdOppBA
2017GCL Phillies (GCL)41.13.051.3104.49.62.2.215
2018Williamsport (NYPL)56.15.271.5405.310.92.1.242
2019Lakewood (SAL)96.23.821.3204.312.02.8.220
Comments: Big, strong and young hurler had success in first full-season assignment. Piggy-backing kept his innings <100, but FB velo ticked up, giving him two plus pitches. Viscous break to high-80s SL, but CU and control still below average. Has time to clean up both, but they hold keys to rotation vs. reliever future.

Development Path: Still needs innings and repetitions to get the CU closer to an average pitch. Has time to do so and is on the path to start at High-A at age 20. Broad shoulders, strong lower half says he would be able to handle starter's workload, but at current pace is unlikely to rise quickly.

Fantasy Impact: If the CU never comes, has two current pitches that could point to a dominant relief force. But still time to dream on him in the middle of a rotation with only inconsistency and wobbly control holding him back. Strikeouts are likely be a part of his future; low ratios are still an open question.

Upside Grade: 9C


5. Adonis Medina (RHP) ... 6-1, 185 ... 23 ... 2014 FA (DR)
YearTeam (LG)IPERAWHIPCtlDomCmdOppBA
2015GCL Phillies (GCL)45.12.981.1902.46.92.9.236
2016Williamsport (NYPL)64.22.921.1003.34.71.4.195
2017Lakewood (SAL)119.23.011.1902.910.03.4.223
2018Clearwater (FSL)111.14.121.2502.99.93.4.236
2019Reading (East)105.24.941.3603.57.02.0.245
Comments: Inconsistency plagued him all year in his first taste of the upper levels. FB lost a tick of velocity; SL flattened out; CU was too firm and not a weapon. Still mixed in some good starts, but had awful second half and lefties pounded him, so questions of stamina via his slight frame resurfaced. 2020 will be big year in deciding his future role.

Development Path: 2019 was a setback for sure. He'll still pitch 2020 as a 23-year-old, but really should repeat Double-A and earn his next promotion. His arsenal could work out of the bullpen—and in the past he's shown the plus pitches for it—but for now the club will ride him as a starter.

Fantasy Impact: A mid-rotation ceiling is still possible, but it's farther away. With questionable control and a fading strikeout rate, he's not someone to target at the moment, but worth keeping an eye on in case he recovers his past plus stuff.

Upside Grade: 8C


6. Mickey Moniak (OF) ... 6-2, 185 ... L/R ... 21 ... 2016 (1) HS (CA)
YearTeam (LG)ABBA/OBP/Slgbb%ct% EyeHR/SB
2016GCL Phillies (GCL)176.284/.340/.4096800.311/10
2017Lakewood (SAL)466.236/.284/.3416770.265/11
2018Clearwater (FSL)433.270/.304/.3835770.225/6
2019Reading (East)465.252/.303/.4397760.3011/15
Comments: Continued to take small steps forward as hard-hit balls increased due to stronger frame. More balanced against breaking stuff and beginning to know when to turn on inside heaters. Still struggles vLHP, and continued swing/miss quells the plus-hit-tool draft day pronouncements. But should stick in CF and will see majors soon.

Development Path: He'll move to Triple-A, but Phils best-case would probably be to have him spend entire year there facing more experienced pitching. Defensive playability is paramount here; has more value and will get more chances if he can stay in CF; bat would be light if pushed to an OF corner.

Fantasy Impact: Could be a stats accumulator-type OF if he's able to get full-time AB; speed gives him a 15/15, .270 future. Maybe a healthy Adam Eaton, minus the double-digit walk rate? Downside risk is a fourth OF, though.

Upside Grade: 7B


7. Johan Rojas (OF) ... 6-1, 165 ... R/R ... 19 ... 2018 FA (DR)
YearTeam (LG)ABBA/OBP/Slgbb%ct% EyeHR/SB
2019GCL Phillies West (GCL)74.311/.393/.52711840.750/3
2019Williamsport (NYP)164.244/.273/.3843820.172/11
Comments: Pop-up player with raw tools who turned some heads in two short-season stops. Good present strength with a frame to take on more. Plus raw power and bat speed, hit tool currently capped by typical teenage pitch recognition struggles. Has speed for SB and covers ground in CF, along with a strong, accurate arm. A worthy follow.

Development Path: Athletic toolshed that needs game reps, has some indications of taking to instruction. Team can take it slow with Rojas, and he'll likely spend most of the year all full-season Low-A.

Fantasy Impact: It requires patience and polish, but Rojas' power/speed combination is the type of profile to dream on for those that reach into the short-season universe. Full-season ball will begin to provide some answers as to his potential.

Upside Grade: 8E


8. Simon Muzziotti (OF) ... 6-1, 175 ... L/L ... 21 ... 2016 FA (VZ)
YearTeam (LG)ABBA/OBP/Slgbb%ct% EyeHR/SB
2017GCL Phillies (GCL)134.269/.305/.3885940.880/8
2017Clearwater (FSL)7.286/.286/.2860710.000/1
2018GCL Phillies (GCL)22.091/.167/.0918952.000/1
2018Lakewood (SAL)278.263/.299/.3315860.351/18
2019Clearwater (FSL)425.287/.337/.3727860.533/21
Comments: Throwback CF with little power, but knows his game is slashing/bunting/running. Excellent footspeed should yield 20+ SB in the majors, and runs down balls in the gaps. Patience is improving and makes good contact, with hands that work and a balanced overall swing.

Development Path: Not a lot of loud tools, so will need to hit upper-level pitching for his shot. Will get that chance in 2020 at Double-A Reading. Defensive skills give him a solid floor if hit tool regresses.

Fantasy Impact: Unlikely to be a star, Muzziotti is headed towards a second-division starting CFer role. He'll either settle at the top (if OBA improves) or the bottom of a lineup for the first portion of his career; SB ability will be his fantasy calling card.

Upside Grade: 8C


9. Rafael Marchan (C) ... 5-9, 170 ... R/R ... 21 ... 2015 FA (VZ)
YearTeam (LG)ABBA/OBP/Slgbb%ct% EyeHR/SB
2017GCL Phillies (GCL)84.238/.290/.2985900.500/1
2018Williamsport (NYPL)196.301/.343/.3625910.610/9
2019Lakewood (SAL)236.271/.347/.3399870.770/1
2019Clearwater (FSL)78.231/.291/.2827900.750/1
Comments: Rode an advanced hit tool through full-season debut and finished year in High-A. Can manipulate the barrel, catch up to velocity, stay on offspeed, and go with pitches with ease. Has a catcher's frame, but has shown little current power (zero pro HR). Rocket arm; but blocking/receiving still need work. Athleticism points to future improvement.

Development Path: Marchan will go back to High-A and could be ready for the upper minors by midseason. Swing mechanics and hitting instincts say power will come. Currently much better as LHH.

Fantasy Impact: Some impressive tools in place, though stats have not yet followed. Unlikely to have huge HR totals, but a plus BA and double-digit HR upon maturity is not out of the question.

Upside Grade: 8C


10. Luis Garcia (2B,SS) ... 5-11, 170 ... B/R ... 19 ... 2018 FA (DR)
YearTeam (LG)ABBA/OBP/Slgbb%ct% EyeHR/SB
2018GCL Phillies West (GCL)168.369/.433/.4888880.711/12
2019Lakewood (SAL)467.186/.261/.2559720.334/9
Comments: After sky-high rookie league debut, 2019 was a flat-out disaster. Consistently overmatched; was late on fastballs, off-time on breaking balls, and too passive on hittable pitches. Will never be power hitter, but needs to add strength and focus on the middle of the field. Good instincts with glove and has an up-the-middle future. Still very young.

Development Path: Phillies have made some curious choices in pushing younger prospects recently, but would be hard to justify moving Garcia up after this performance. Reports of a high baseball IQ indicates that a reset would the best course of action.

Fantasy Impact: We have a half-season report of short swings, hard contact and an emerging bat at SS. We also have a full-season of soft contact and a befuddling plate approach. Fine to take a wait-and-see for 2020.

Upside Grade: 8E


11. Nick Maton (2B,SS) ... 6-2, 165 ... L/R ... 23 ... 2017 (7) Eastern Illinois University
YearTeam (LG)ABBA/OBP/Slgbb%ct% EyeHR/SB
2017Lincoln Land Community College (MWAC)169.408/.507/.72217841.268/33
2017Williamsport (NYPL)210.252/.350/.33313780.642/10
2018Lakewood (SAL)406.256/.330/.40410750.428/5
2019Clearwater (FSL)337.276/.358/.38011790.585/11
2019Reading (East)62.210/.306/.35513770.642/1
Comments: No standout tools, but broad base and they are improving with time. Has good AB, enough sting out of wiry frame to approach double-digit HR. Enough bat speed for BA; solid Eye for OBA; and speed and baseball IQ net him SB. Has improved agility and range on defense, making him an adequate defender up the middle with a plus arm and instincts.

Development Path: "Will have to prove himself at every level" would have been an apt description upon his draft selection ... and that's just what Maton has done. Will start at Double-A, but could move up mid-year, and could become a bench piece as soon as 2021.

Fantasy Impact: Worth keeping an eye on in deep leagues, as there could be some Chad Pinder/Josh Harrison utility here. Ability to defend all of 2B/SS/3B could carve out AB. Moderate HR/SB/BA numbers in best-case scenario.

Upside Grade: 7C


12. Damon Jones (LHP) ... 6-5, 225 ... 25 ... 2017 (18) Washington State University
YearTeam (LG)IPERAWHIPCtlDomCmdOppBA
2017Washington State (Pac12)68.24.721.6604.65.41.2.277
2018Lakewood (SAL)113.13.411.3704.09.82.5.236
2019Clearwater (FSL)58.11.541.0603.713.63.7.178
2019Reading (East)22.00.820.8203.712.73.4.120
2019Lehigh Valley (IL)34.06.621.5606.98.71.3.209
Comments: Big, sturdy LHP had velocity spike into mid-90s early on and blew through two levels in first-half success story. Hit a wall at Triple-A as stuff backed up and walks returned in bunches. Balanced in delivery, though some crossfire affects FB command; at times he lacks overall aggressiveness. Secondaries both below average and limit his ceiling.

Development Path: The higher-band FB plays, so if he can find the consistent 94-96 of early in the 2019 season, he's on the the right track. The challenge will be improving either SL or CU to give him another weapon. Most likely outcome is swingman or long reliever.

Fantasy Impact: Squint hard enough, and perhaps Jones could end up as a bullpen force, throwing bullets from the left side and able to retire both RHH and LHH. But there will be ERA/WHIP risk unless his command improves.

Upside Grade: 7C


13. JoJo Romero (LHP) ... 5-11, 190 ... 23 ... 2016 (4) University of Nevada
YearTeam (LG)IPERAWHIPCtlDomCmdOppBA
2017Lakewood (SAL)76.22.111.0702.59.33.7.210
2017Clearwater (FSL)52.12.241.1102.68.43.2.215
2018Reading (East)106.23.801.2903.58.42.4.233
2019Reading (East)57.24.841.2101.98.14.3.251
2019Lehigh Valley (IL)53.26.881.9205.96.71.1.297
Comments: Short lefty with four-pitch mix; not overpowering so the margin is thin. Whether ball or advanced hitters, was wreck in early-season Triple-A stint; things stabilized a bit back in AA. Went to AFL and had some success out of bullpen; where low-90s FB and plus CU carried the load. Has CB/SL also, but both fringy from a compact delivery.

Development Path: Likely he goes back for a second try at Triple-A, though with AFL success it might be as a multi-inning reliever. Before last year, Romero had shown good command and always sequenced his pitches well. Could debut this season.

Fantasy Impact: Takes a hit if the reliever role sticks. As a starter, some back-end potential as an innings guy who gets by on guile. In that best-case, decent ERA/WHIP, but not many Ks.

Upside Grade: 7C


14. Kendall Simmons (2B) ... 6-2, 180 ... R/R ... 19 ... 2018 HS (GA)
YearTeam (LG)ABBA/OBP/Slgbb%ct% EyeHR/SB
2018GCL Phillies (GCL)95.232/.345/.4009680.303/2
2019Williamsport (NYP)171.234/.333/.52010680.3712/5
Comments: An athletic and twitchy infielder with a strong lower half and a leveraged RH swing. It resulted in easy power; finished tied for 2d in HR in NYPL. Questions remain on his hit tool; was plenty patient but also struck out a lot. Though he likely doesn't have enough range for SS, his glove is solid and could heading towards a multi-position future.

Development Path: Power is the carrying tool here, but he'll need to tighten up his bat-to-ball skills to get to it. In some ways a typical toolsy-but-raw player. He'll head to full-season Low-A in 2020.

Fantasy Impact: Power and hard contact keep him interesting, but one-dimensional now as he has a very poor career SB% marks. Must improve hitting ability going forward.

Upside Grade: 8D


15. Connor Seabold (RHP) ... 6-2, 175 ... 24 ... 2017 (3) Cal State Fullerton
YearTeam (LG)IPERAWHIPCtlDomCmdOppBA
2018Clearwater (FSL)71.23.770.9901.88.54.7.210
2019GCL Phillies West (GCL)5.00.000.2000.018.00.063
2019GCL Phillies (GCL)2.111.572.5700.07.70.462
2019Clearwater (FSL)9.01.000.5601.010.010.0.129
2019Reading (East)40.02.251.1302.38.13.5.226
Comments: Oblique strain kept him out for several months, but returned with a smoother delivery and finished with a flourish in AFL. Nothing pops, but combo of low-90s FB, SL that can flash plus and CU he keeps down is cemented by solid command. Will work inside with FB, though it lacks plane, and doesn't really have a separator pitch.

Development Path: He might make the jump to Triple-A to start the season, but will certainly end up there at some point. Also could well make his debut this season. Getting his CU to average and something he can trust would go a long way.

Fantasy Impact: Another Phillies hurler close to the Show with real reliever risk. Seabold is more pitch-to-contact than power guy, but plus control and good command will keep ratios in check. But if he ends up a reliever, his value dives sharply.

Upside Grade: 7C


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